NEWBURYPORT — Permits have been pulled and workers are currently surveying the roof of the Rupert A. Nock Middle School building to prepare for the installation of approximately 2,600 solar panels, which the district expects will produce 25 percent of the school's energy usage.
Mayor John Moak said this week he expects the first solar panels will be arriving within three weeks or so, around Nov. 1.
"That timing works out well," Moak said, "since the use of a crane is needed for part of the installation, and that work can then be done when school is closed on Election Day."
The installer, Professional Electrical Contractors of Norwood, expects about 20 to 25 people will work on the project, Moak said.
Moak said "a couple of minor, minor repairs" are now being done to the middle school roof and Department of Public Works building, such as work on the seams.
"The city will likely pay the costs now and get reimbursed by the Mass. Technology Collaborative," Moak said.